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Man drives car off High Drive

Compiled from staff reports The Spokesman-Review

A car driven by a man who apparently wanted to commit suicide by driving off High Drive struck a rock, launched into the air and rolled twice Friday morning on the South Hill.

Spokane Police Cpl. Ernie Wuthrich said 59-year-old Charles Cashaw was driving south on High Drive at 8:15 a.m. in a rented, white 2004 Chevy Classic. A 40-year-old woman, who was identified as his friend, was the passenger.

Cashaw “decided he wanted to die and he was going to drive off the cliff,” Wuthrich said. “The woman didn’t want to die, so she grabbed the steering wheel.”

The car then struck a grass median in 2300 block of South High Drive. The car jumped the curb and struck a large, sloped rock shaped like a ramp, Wuthrich said.

The car went airborne and struck a tree about 5 feet up from the trunk.

Cashaw and the woman were taken to a local hospital and were expected to be treated and released, Wuthrich said.

“We did have some witnesses who saw them go airborne. They said they were going way too fast,” he said. “I don’t know how fast they were going, but they were definitely going over 30 mph.”

Officers cited Cashaw for reckless driving and scheduled a mental evaluation at the hospital, Wuthrich said.

Later Friday, another driver apparently tried to kill herself by driving a car off Aubrey L. White Parkway in Riverside State Park, police spokesman Dick Cottam said. The woman was injured, but able to talk with emergency workers; the extent of her injuries was not clear Friday night.

Aubrey L. White Parkway was closed while workers tended to the woman.

Man arrested in thefts of tools, fatigues

Spokane police late Thursday arrested a man wanted in connection with the burglary at a torched restaurant and a Spokane Valley construction site.

Officer Maurio Juarez arrested 28-year-old Vasily V. Florianovich on charges of second-degree burglary and first-degree possession of stolen property, sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. Dave Reagan said.

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives raided Florianovich’s home earlier Thursday after a witness identified his gold 1995 Lexus as the same car that was parked Sunday behind Susie’s Steak and Seafood at 9611 E. Trent Ave.

Investigators obtained a search warrant, and detectives from the county’s Property Crimes Task Force, Career Criminal unit and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided the apartment.

Inside Florianovich’s home, they found piles of stolen tools, cigarettes from the restaurant and several sets of Air Force uniforms. One set of fatigues belongs to a Spokane police officer who is deployed out of state, and another belongs to a U.S. Air Force chaplain, investigators said.

About eight hours after the raid, Juarez went to the apartment and found Florianovich at home, where he was arrested, Reagan said.

Valley police looking for suspect in park beating

Secret Witness is offering a $500 reward for information that helps police arrest a suspect who assaulted an 81-year-old man Feb. 9 in Valley Mission Park.

Harry Goedde told police that he was walking his schnauzer about 5 p.m. in the park when he noticed a man and woman jogging nearby with a large, unleashed dog.

Goedde said the larger dog ran over and attacked his schnauzer. He began kicking at the larger dog, trying to get it away from his pet, Spokane Valley Police spokesman Cpl. Dave Reagan said in a press release.

As Goedde kicked at the larger dog, the jogger came over and slammed Goedde to the ground. The jogger then stood over Goedde and taunted him to get up and fight, Reagan said.

Goedde said the jogger was a white male who stood about 5-foot-8, 190 pounds. He appeared to be in his 20s, Reagan said.

Goedde suffered significant bruising when he hit the ground. By the time he retrieved his glasses, the suspect, the larger dog and the suspect’s female companion had left.

Anyone with information is asked to call Secret Witness at 327-5111. Tipsters don’t have to give their name and are asked to use a code name or number when providing information.

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